Madison & Vine

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Cocktail impresario Mark Grossich (the Campbell Apartment) enters the restaurant market at this midtown eatery. Fittingly, it’s a fine place to drink: The long oak bar is ideal for sipping house cocktails like the Blackberry Fizz (gin, white Lillet, blackberries and a champagne float). The kitchen isn’t as successful: Appetizers, like freezer-section-style calamari, never rose above pub grub fare; entrées, like an overpriced, underseasoned strip steak ($36), were carted to the table by a crew of bumbling servers. Ultimately the food is beside the point here. A note to Grossich: Stick to what you know.
Venue name: Madison & Vine
Address: 299 Madison Ave
New York

Cross street: at 41st St
Opening hours: Mon–Fri 11:30am–11pm; Sat 5–11pm
Transport: Subway: 42nd St S, 4, 5, 6, 7 to 42nd St–Grand Central
Price: Average main course: $23. AmEx, DC, Disc, MC, V
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